Charges laid over car crash victim robbery

  • 13/11/2017

A man accused of stealing an Auckland woman's belongings as she lay seriously injured in a crashed car has been charged over the incident.

Shevaughn Johnstone, 39, collided with a truck in Papakura and had to be cut from her vehicle last week. As she received medical attention, a thief allegedly took her wallet and phone.

Police confirmed on Monday morning that a 32-year-old male from Mangere East has been charged with theft and seven counts of 'using a document'.

'Using a document' pertains to the use of something like a credit card or driver's licence belonging to another person that has been taken "dishonestly and without claim of right".

The 32-year-old will appear in Manukau District Court on Friday, November 24.

Last week, Ms Johnstone's partner, Murray Howell, posted an account of the ordeal on Facebook, appealing for information on the "piece of true scum" who took advantage of her as she was "bleeding out".

"Shevaughn Johnstone was involved in a very serious head on accident with a truck, on Cosgrave Rd," Mr Howell wrote.

Mr Howell says it is "totally beyond belief".

"We are on a very busy road at a major accident... with her bleeding out and semiconscious."

In a similar incident just three weeks ago, a Waihi man had his wallet stolen as he lay dying on the street after suffering an aneurysm.